In an effort to kick myself out of the Covid19 doldrums, I read myself the Riot Act and wrote a long list of all the fabulous things I should be seeing and doing in my own backyard.
And, the Holtermann Museum in Gulgong is a F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S discovery in my own backyard.
Yes, museums are not everyone’s cuppa tea, but this little one is a must-see.
Not only does David Walsh’s Museum of Old + New Art contain a stunning collection of beautiful, clever, witty and sometimes shocking artworks, it is also an architectural masterpiece in its own right.
Its imposing façade is full of strong steel and rugged sandstone contrasts neatly with plantings of hardy native plants.
Let’s have a look…
The artworks and art installations at the Museum of Old + New Art (Mona) are as varied as they are clever and shocking.
Modern Art may not be everyone’s art of choice, but it is pretty darn fascinating to think that a human brain can generate such wild and thought-provoking pieces.
In this post, mostly photos, I want to share the people of Mona including some examples of how humans, and their bodily functions, are represented in art.
Beware: there are some images below which may cause offence.
I know boat trips and cruises aren’t everyone’s thing, but in my humble opinion, there is no better way to blow the cobwebs out than to scoot down the stunning Tasman coastline, with the sea air pummelling your senses under sparkling blue skies.
Come with me as I step aboard a Pennicott Wilderness Journeys boat for a truly remarkable day out.
Love it or hate it the Museum of Old + New Art, affectionately known as Mona, is a must-see.
It is shocking.
It is thought-provoking.
It makes you smile and grimace in equal parts, and it’s a mind boggling inclusion in any visit to Tasmania.
Here are the nuts of bolts of how to make the most of Mona…
I need to be clear from the outset that I am prepared to go to any lengths to research interesting places for you, dear Reader.
If that means learning the finer points of beer-making and then tasting the output, I am definitely ready to put in the hard yards.
It may be early in the day here, but somewhere in the World it is a very appropriate beverage time to step through the doors of the historic Cascade Brewery in Hobart.
History sometimes earns the reputation of being dry, dull and boring. I put my hand up as a bit of a history-lover so I tend to look for everything good in any history talk or presentation.
You certainly don’t have to worry about being bored when you take part in the Her Story presentation at the Cascades Female Factory in Hobart.
Walk with me and Mary James and listen to her story…
When you are heading down Hobart way, there are at least two must-see places:
- Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and
- Salamanca Market.
Salamanca is an area set slightly back from Hobart’s waterfront and wharf area. Its backdrop is a row of stunning old sandstone warehouses and on Saturday mornings, the foreground is chockful of market stalls.
Feel like a piece of chewy biltong? Want to buy some new socks?
Or how about a taste of the freshest and sweetest natural honey?
Then get yourself to the Salamanca Market…